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A review of Marilyn in Manhattan: Her Year of Joy by Elizabeth Winter

In November 1954 Marilyn Monroe escaped from Hollywood, leaving behind the very public end of her marriage to Joe DiMaggio and the humiliations forced on her by Zanuck and Fox Studios. Leaving with her friend and photographer Milton Greene, Marilyn was determined to recreate herself in New York City as something more than a blonde bombshell. Winter’s account is full of fascinating information, including quotes from other actors prominent in Strasbourg’s acting studio such as Marlon Brando, Ben ...read more

Reviewed by Liz - Sequoya on
August 24, 2017 | 0 comments
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A review of Mr. and Mrs. North Series by Frances and Richard Lockridge

How about some light-hearted fun and mayhem? This mystery series dates from the mid 20th century, and begins with The Norths Meet Murder. The Norths are a couple living in New York City who inadvertently get involved in homicide. Of the two, Pam North is easily the more interesting character in that her thought process appears to jump from A to G and back to B but somehow she is almost always correct in her assessments and since she also leaps before she looks this is a concern for her ...read more

Reviewed by Liz - Sequoya on
August 21, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Troublemaker by Linda Howard

Morgan Yancy leads a dangerous life as a team leader in a paramilitary super-secret group is back in DC for a little rest and relaxation after the latest mission.  So, he is not expecting to be shot outside his condo or to be in a hospital fighting for his life. Isabeau (Bo) Maran has finally established a life she loves in a small town in West Virginia with a part-time administrative job as the chief of police which allows her the time to restructure her life after her last job went up in ...read more

Reviewed by Liz - Sequoya on
September 13, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of The Millionaire and the Bard: Henry Folger’s Obsessive Hunt for Shakespeare’s First Folio by Andrea Mays

Imagine never hearing the words “But soft what light through yonder window breaks?” or “all the world’s a stage and all the men and women merely players”. Or no performances of Hamlet by Edwin Thomas Booth, Laurence Olivier, Kenneth Branagh, or any of the other famous Shakespearean plays and actors because there were no surviving plays, sonnets, and writings of any kind by the man named William Shakespeare. It almost happened, and more than once. Andrea May’s informative book takes the reader ...read more

Reviewed by Liz - Sequoya on
September 6, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Leonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship with a Remarkable Man by William Shatner

I admit to being one of the many in lines at Star Trek conventions back in the day and was particularly happy to get Leonard Nimoy’s signature on an item. So I did enjoy reading this new biography. Shatner utilizes an easy conversational prose to relate his long relationship with Leonard Nimoy from the early years as struggling actors crossing paths in the hunt for work, to working together on a short lived television series called Star Trek to becoming real friends as that series morphed into ...read more

Reviewed by Liz - Sequoya on
April 5, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen by Lois McMaster Bujold

Following Aral Vorkosigan’s death his widow Cordelia and his protégé Admiral Oliver Jole have retreated to the planet Sergyar to deal with their individual and shared grief, and after three years are looking at turning a close relationship to something even closer. Problems arise not only there but also in their official jobs as Vicereine of Sergyar and Admiral of the Sergyar fleet respectively that make a complicated situation even more so. And the sudden appearance of Cordelia’s son Miles, ...read more

Reviewed by Liz - Sequoya on
March 28, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Then Comes Marriage: United States v. Windsor and the Defeat of DOMA by Roberta Kaplan

In light of the recent Supreme Court decision this past June concerning same sex marriage, I think this is an important book to be aware of.  Ms. Kaplan traces the history behind and the staging of the Windsor case regarding equal marital rights which was presented to the Supreme Court in 2012. This decision in favor of Edith Windsor set the stage for the court decision in June. The author writes a clear account, even for the layman, regarding the laws and arguments behind the decision ...read more

Reviewed by Liz - Sequoya on
December 16, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes that Saved My Life by Ruth Reichl

Now that we are at the season when our thoughts turn to celebration and by extension, food, I thought I would write a bit about food and cooking. Growing up in a small town in the center of the state of Wisconsin, my family grew most of our fruits and vegetables in the large lot in back of our house (it was so large in fact, that when combined with the vacant lot next door, it was also the neighborhood baseball field). We had apple and pear trees, a number of rhubarb plants, an asparagus bed ...read more

Reviewed by Liz - Sequoya on
November 30, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of LaFayette in the Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell

The charms of Vowell's writing often involves a somewhat skewed humor, and LaFayette in the Somewhat United States certainly has that. But she also does, what a former history professor and advisor of mine recommended doing, which is to remember that history is people not dates. And by doing so, she is hopefully rectifying some of that sad lack of so many Americans who've forgotten their own history. And as a librarian and a person whose main hobby is reading, how can I resist someone ...read more

Reviewed by Liz - Sequoya on
November 2, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of A Great and Terrible King: Edward I and the Forging of Britain by Marc Morris

Like many people I have enjoyed the Tudors, whether by reading books dramatizing the period such as those by Philippa Gregory or Hilary Mantel or fact based biographies such as those by Alison Weir and on to the various films or television shows. But I have to admit too that with all of English history I often wish for something different to be covered. With Marc Morris's book I got my wish and then some. The Britain we know now or even that of Tudor times would not exist if not for the reign ...read more

Reviewed by Liz - Sequoya on
September 28, 2015 | 0 comments